Last night, I was doing my usual--getting ready for dinner with less time than I needed. Pasta and sauce were on the menu. I've been searching for a good tomato basil sauce for a long time and last night's turned out to be a hit with my family. I started with a recipe from a cookbook, but I altered it so much that it didn't end up at all like what I made, so I feel comfortable posting this recipe as my own. So, here it is:
1/2 cup olive oil
15 fresh bail leaves
1- 28 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
2- 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp sugar
Microwave the olive oil in a pyrex dish for 1 minute (1 1/2 minutes if you have a mini microwave like mine). Add the basil leaves and microwave for 15-30 seconds.
Dump in blender with tomatoes and tomato sauce and garlic. If you have a Vitamix, I turned mine to 7 for about 1 or 2 minutes. I would do the same with a regular blender on the low setting. Not all of the tomato sauce may fit in a regular blender, so if it doesn't just add it after you've blended when you pour the blended mixture into a saucepan.
Pour the blended mixture into the saucepan and add everything else. Cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes to help it thicken a little. Add more pepper or salt to taste. If you don't like things salty, start with only 1/4 tsp instead of 1/3 tsp.
My kids all ate it up--even Sami who wanted 3rds!! My husband who is the pickiest person about pasta sauces in our family since he's the most Italian one gave it a big thumbs up.
And I'm happy that my family was happy with my cooking =)